High Visability Vests - 16th Oct 2013

The wearing of high visability vests has now been confirmed by the St Clair SLSC as a requirement for all club members taking part in club training sessions.

This aligns St Clair SLSC with the SLSNZ policy that vests are now mandatory during competitions from 1 October and highly recommended during training.

View the SLSNZ website for more details.

Hastie to Tackle Coolangatta Gold - 6th Oct 2013

For those that do not know, the Coolangatta Gold is our sports longest Ironman race. It consists of a 23km ski paddle from Coolangatta to Surfers paradise and back to Miami beach, 2km run to Burleigh, 3.5km loop swim, 6.1km board paddle to Currumbin and finally a 7km run back to Coolangatta.

Since moving to Perth I have been keen to compete in this race. A few of the boys from Trigg SLSC, my adopted club, have done the race before and told me their stories about the training and preparation it takes to finish this race. One of my main goals since moving to Perth is to do the Gold.

After Aussie titles everyone had a bit of time off as we do after NZ champs. A few of us got talking about training for the gold over winter to give us a good base fitness for the coming season and to fill in the boring winter months. Myself, and two other club mates, Brendon Sarson and David Graham, committed fully to the race around June.

We started off swimming and running to build our fitness and then brought in ski and board sessions at the start of July. A normal week of training has consisted of four 1.5 hour swim sessions on weekday mornings, flat water board session on the swan river on Monday nights, ski sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights on the river, circuit/ interval running on Wednesday nights, rest or massage on Friday nights and Ironman training on Saturday mornings. All this plus a 40-50 hours at work per week.

Training with Brendo and Dave has been so good for me and taught me to push myself harder than I would have ever thought possible. Brendo is a 7 time WA state ironman champ and gun ski paddler. He also spent 5 seasons on the Kellogg’s Iron man series and almost qualified for the London Olympics in the K4. Dave is younger and super talented. He swims, paddles and runs like a machine. Dave is sometimes a bit too keen and is always pushing the limits when he trains. You need to know when to go with him and when to pull back as he will push you beyond your limits and burn you out! I went for an 12km bush track run with Dave which goes up and down hills just near our beach. We did this run holding sub 4 minute per km and that took its toll on me. I couldn’t train properly after that session for a week or two as I think I was maybe beginning to overtrain. That taught me a lot though and I learned to listen to my body more and rest when I needed to.

8 weeks out from the race we have had a strict training programme that peaked at 4 weeks from the race and is now in the tapering phase. Weeks 3 and 4 of this programme were the hardest sessions I have done both physically and mentally. The ski sessions were the hardest for me, trying to keep up with Brendo and Dave for 20km+ of paddling was not an easy task! The biggest week we did consisted of 50-60km of ski paddling, 20km of swimming, 15km of board and 20km+ of running. 4 weeks out from the race we did a full run through of the event, minus the swim as we were training on the river and you do not want to swim in there.. The session was 23km ski, 2km run, 7km board and 8km run. It took me 3 hours and 40 minutes.

With the race being so long you need to practise your nutrition and hydration very carefully. If you do not drink enough at the start of the race it will pretty much be over for you. The run though was a great practise to get these things right before the real race in 2 weeks’ time. On race day I will get up early and try to have a big carbohydrate breakfast of oats with banana etc. For the race, take a couple of energy gels before the ski, have 2+ litres of sports drink from a camel pack and two more energy gels on the ski, have water and banana blended together and put in to a squeeze bottle to run with for the first short run, this will get handed to me by one of my handlers, my mother, sister and girlfriend will all be there to help me out with handing me food and water. The swim I will not be able to have any fluid of food for around 50 minutes so I want to make sure I am well hydrated prior to swimming. For the board I will take another couple of energy gels before the board and will have a bladder set up on the front of my board with a hose propped up so when I am lying down I can drink and not have to stop paddling. For the final run I will again have banana blended with water and have a water bottle and energy gels handed to me to run with which I will take along the way. After the race is finished I will have plenty of water and food to recover. There may even be a couple of brown liquid gold beverages going down as they have been out of my life for a while now!

I hope this has given an insight to the commitment it takes to compete in a race like this. I would love to move home one day soon and get a squad together over winter to train for this race as it truly has been a great experience thus far. All I need to do now is finish the race on the 20th of October! I am confident I will get over the line as I have put in all the hard work necessary. I will be proud to be racing for all the crew at my club St Clair SLSC and also my home club of Warrington.


Michael Hastie

St Clair Members off to Japan - 5th Jul 2013

Congratulations to St Clair members Andy McMillan, Carina Doyle and Andrew Trembath who have been named in the New Zealand teams for the 2013 International Surf Rescue Challenge in Onjuku, Japan.

View the SLSNZ website for the full article.

Otago/Southland Prize Giving - 17th Jun 2013

A number of St Clair members were recognised at the 2013 Otago / Southland Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.

The night's top award, Volunteer of the Year, was awarded to James Coombes of the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club.

Rescue of the Year was awarded to St Clair and St Kilda Clubs. The rescue took place outside the patrol area and involved at the peak, four IRB's and the Rescue helicopter, click here for more information on this rescue.

Award recipients from St Clair were:

  • Top Club of the Year
  • Les Jordan Memorial Trophy - James Coombes
  • Duke Gillies Memorials Trophy (Coach of the Year) - James Coombes
  • Sports Person of the Year - Andrew McMillan
  • Sport Team of the Year - Carla and Stephanie Laughton, Natasha Scott
  • Instructor of the Year - Stephanie Botting
  • Official of the Year - Dennis Trembath
  • Rescue of the Year - St Clair and St Kilda February 2013
  • Wilson Distillers Trophy (Top Competition Club Otago Sand Championships)
  • Lion Trophy (Top Open Men Club Otago Championships)
  • Mark Price Trophy (Top Open Women Club Otago Championships)
  • Otago SLAS Trophy (Top U19 Men Club Otago Championships)
  • U19 Women's Competition (Top U19 Women Club Otago Championships)
  • Dunedin Festival Cup (Open Ironman Otago Championships) - Adam Simpson
  • JC Gore Trophy (Open Iron women Otago Championships) - Steph Laughton
  • Friendship Cup (U19 Ironman Otago Championships) - Angus MacKenzie
  • Festival Trophy (Open Male Taplin Otago Championships)
  • Douglas Whitson Memorial Cup (Open Tube Rescue Otago Championships) - Sam Riddell, Adam Simpson
  • St Kilda Borough Trophy (Open Surf Teams Race Otago Championships)
  • Top U21 IRB Crew Otago Championships - Niam Chronican, Scott Fraser, Gabrielle Scott
  • Top Senior IRB Crew Otago Championships - Michael Crombie, Isaac Davies, Sam Riddell
  • Top Women IRB Crew Otago Championships - Stephanie, Carla Laughton, Natasha Scott
  • Vorrath Reid Trophy (Open Men Canoe Race Otago Championships)
  • Esplanade Restaurant Trophy Open Men Top Competitor at Otago Championships - Adam Simpson
  • Esplanade Restaurant Trophy Open Women Top Competitor at Otago Championships - Stephanie Laughton
  • Esplanade Restaurant Trophy U19 Men Top Competitor at Otago Championships - Angus MacKenzie
  • Esplanade Restaurant Trophy U19 Women Top Competitor at Otago Championships - Jessie Schneiders
  • Esplanade Restaurant Trophy U16 Men Top Competitor at Otago Championships - Andrew Trembath
  • Under 14 Interclub Trophy
  • Otago Youth Surf Life Saving (Top Club Otago Championships)
  • Top U8 Boy Otago Championships- Ollie Sinclair
  • Top U10 Girl Otago Championships- Olivia Andrew
  • Top U10 Boy Otago Championships- Piere Tapsell
  • Top U12 Girl Otago Championships- Hannah Matehaere
  • Richard Murray Trophy (Top Junior Girl Otago Championships) - Olivia Andrew
  • Richard Murray Trophy (Top Junior Boy Otago Championships) - Piere Tapsell
  • Overall Otago Top Senior Girl Otago Championships - Hannah Matehaere

Laughton Sisters Named Otago Sports Team of the Year. - 12th May 2013

Our world champion IRB team of Carla and Stephanie Laughton were named the Otago Sports Team of the Year at the ASB Otago Sports Awards for the 2012/2013 Year. (April to March).

"Just to become a finalist in the Aotea Electric Team of the Year award you had to be a national champion, but it was the World Championship won by the ladies of the St Clair Surf Life Saving ‘Team Black’ IRB team that elevated them to the top award. The team of Stephanie and Carla Laughton and Natasha Scott not only also won the Otago, Canterbury, South Island, North Island and National titles for the second consecutive year, they won gold in every race, bar one, across the whole year."

Andy McMillan who captained the New Zealand Black Fins team to the World Title at Adelaide in November missed out of the Sportsman of the Year award to Olympic Champion Hamish Bond.

View the full article online.

Season of Success - 25th Mar 2013

On the back on an extremely successful IRB Nationals a brief summary of our achievements this season are:

  • Southern Region Pool Champs Winners at Moana Pool.
  • Carla and Stephanie Laughton, World Champions Womens Tube Rescue at Adelaide.
  • Andy McMillan, Captain of the World Champion Black Fins team at Adelaide.
  • Carina Doyle, member of the New Zealand Under 20 team at Adelaide.
  • Third Place overall at North Island IRB Champs at Whakatane.
  • November Rescue of the Month Winners for Southern Region and Overall.
  • Southern Region Surf League Winners at New Brighton
  • First at Otago Champs, Otago Junior Champs and Second at Otago IRB Champs at Warrington.
  • Third Overall at Southern Region Ocean Athletes.
  • Southern Region Champs Winners at New Brighton.
  • Second Overall at South Island IRB Champs.
  • Seventh Overall and Top South Island Club at Surf Nationals at Mount Maunganui.
  • February Rescue of the Month Winners for Southern Region.
  • Four athletes named in the New Zealand Squads for 2013/2014.
  • Second Overall and Top South Island Club at IRB Nationals at Waipu Cove.

2013 IRB Nationals - 25th Mar 2013

The 2013 season has finished in style with St Clair claiming second overall in the 2013 IRB Nationals held at Waipu Cove.

The team result was lead by Carla and Stephanie Laughton who won the four women's division titles. There were also medals won by several other crews in an all around display of club strength.

The final medal haul was:


  • Women's Tube Rescue: C Laughton, S Laughton & O Woods
  • Women's Mass Rescue: C Laughton, S Laughton, S Riddell, G Scott & N Scott
  • Women's Assembly Rescue: C Laughton, S Laughton & N Scott
  • Women's Single Rescue: C Laughton, S Laughton & N Scott


  • Women's Assembly Rescue: K Martyn, S Botting & E Rolfe
  • Women's ingle Rescue: E Johns, E Jones & N Mears


  • Women's Mass Rescue: S Botting, M Garforth, K Martyn, S Kemp & E Rolfe
  • Senior Single Rescue: M Crombie, I Davies & S Riddell
  • Under 21 Single Rescue: S Fraser, N Chronican & G Scott

2013 Surf Life Saving Nationals - 12th Mar 2013

St Clair had an outstanding 2013 nationals finishing as the seventh top club overall on 35 points; for our best finish since 1995.

Our medal winners were:

Gold – Andrew Trembath U16 Male Ski Race
Gold – Andrew Trembath U16 Male Surf Race
Gold – Andrew Trembath U16 Male Ironman
Gold – Carina Doyle, Jessie Schneiders, Lulu Schneiders, Jordy Forgaty U19 Female Surf Teams
Gold – Andrew Trembath, Jamie Mowat U19 Male Tube Rescue
Silver – Andrew McMillian, Adam Simpson Open Male Tube Rescue
Silver – Carina Doyle, Jessie Schneiders U19 Female Tube Rescue
Silver – Adam Simpson, Andrew McMillian, Andrew Trembath, Jamie Mowat Open Male Surf Teams
Silver – Angus MacKenzie, Arthur Ibbotson U19 Male Double Ski Race
Bronze- Steph Laughton, Carina Doyle, Jessie Schneiders, Jordy Forgaty Open Female Surf Teams
Bronze – Andrew Trembath, Hamish Taylor- U19 Male Board Rescue
Bronze – Carina Doyle – U19 Female Surf Race
Bronze - Eilis Doyle & Lulu Schneiders – U16 Female Tube Rescue

Andrew Trembath was also named as the Best Male Competitor of the event and selected in the New Zealand Development Squad alongside Jessie Schneiders.

Andy McMillan and Carina Doyle were named in the New Zealand Squad.

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